How life works, pt. N

Scientist #1: “Hey, look at this! It’s unlike anything we’ve ever seen!”

Scientist #2: “Way cool! Let’s study it!”

* * *

Fool #1: “Hey! Look at this ghost thing I’ve made up!”

Scientist #2: “Way cool! Let’s study it!” (shortly after, is disappointed)

* * *

Fool #2: “Hey! Look at this ghost thing I’ve made up!”

Scientist #2: “This looks familiar. Oh well, it’s way cool! Let’s study it!” (shortly after, is disappointed)

* * *

Fool #N: “Hey! Look at this ghost thing I’ve made up!”

Scientist #2: “Oh for fuck’s sake.”

(A Novelist observes.)

Scientist: “There is no such thing!”

* * *

Novelist: (writes) “And the scientist said, as scientists are prone to saying, ‘What ho! Such things cannot be!'”

* * *

Reader: (reads, then says) “‘—cannot be.’ Scientists are such assholes.”

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